February 18, 2013

Iran to Unveil Aerospace Achievements in Days

TEHRAN (FNA)- Amir Kabir University of Technology is slated to unveil the two latest aerospace achievements of Iran this week.

The national website of aerospace documents and microsatellite color-imaging project are slated to be unveiled concurrent with holding the 12th Iranian Aerospace Society Conference at Amir Kabir University of Technology on February 19-21.

Head of Iran's Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli, Iranian Deputy Defense Minister and Head of Iran's Aerospace Organization General Mehdi Farahi, Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi, and Chancellor of Amir Kabir University of Technology Alireza Rahayee will attend the unveiling ceremony.

Aerodynamics and propellers, aviation management, flight dynamics and control, space science and technology, aerospace structures and aviation management are among the topics to be discussed in the Iranian Aerospace Society's 12th Conference.

Earlier this month, the head of Iran's Space Agency said the country will send new satellites made by Iranian universities to the space in the next few months.

"We expect to be able to launch Sharifsat by the end of this (Iranian) year (ends March 20) because the satellite will be delivered to us by Esfand (February 19 - March 20)," Fazeli told FNA, adding that the infrastructure needed for the satellite has already been prepared.

Tehran's Sharif University is working to build Sharifsat.

Also earlier this month, Iran unveiled the prototype models of Zohreh and Nahid telecommunications satellites on Monday.

The prototype models were unveiled during a ceremony attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and the head of Head of Iran's Space Agency at an exhibition on Iran's latest space achievements and technologies here in the capital.

In November, the chancellor of Amir Kabir University of Technology announced the country is preparing to put a new home-made satellite, called Nahid (Venus), into orbit in the next three months.

He said researchers at Amir Kabir University of Technology have accomplished part of the studies on the satellite which is to be launched into space in next three months with the backing of the ISA.

Rahayee noted that the industrial phases of the project have been accomplished and researchers are now working on the launch phase.

Iran to Unveil New Naval Products
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Defense Ministry plans to unveil new naval products and launch their mass production in the near future.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference on the development of Iran's Southeastern coasts of Makran today, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the country will launch the second home-made Mowdge class destroyer, dubbed as 'Jamaran 2', in the near future.

He added that a new type of flying boat will be unveiled in the next few months.

Speaking to FNA in June, Lieutenant Commander of the Navy for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini reminded that the designing and building of Jamaran destroyer, a Mowdge 1 Class vessel, showed Iran's high technical know-how and capabilities in manufacturing battleships, and added that the country is already manufacturing a second generation of the hi-tech vessel.

The construction phase of Velayat destroyer, a Mowdge 2 Class vessel, is 70% through, he said, and added that the vessel is under construction in Iran's Northern port city of Bandar Anzali.

The admiral declared that Velayat will be launched this Iranian year (ends on March 2013).

Iran's first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, was launched in late February 2010. The Mowdge Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.

Jamaran is also equipped with different kinds of weapons, including a powerful and smart missile named 'Nour' (light).

Iran to Use Drones for Naval Missions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran plans to start using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in naval missions, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Monday, adding that the country will unveil different types of multi-purpose drones in the near future.

"Using UAVs is a need in the country's naval sector and the naval sector will be equipped with this technology in the near future," Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on the sidelines of a conference on the development of Iran's Southeastern coasts of Makran in Chabahar in Southeaster Iran today.

"Different types of combat and reconnaissance drones for land and sea missions will be unveiled soon, which will play a crucial role in boosting the country's defensive power," Vahidi told the Islamic republic news agency.

Earlier this month, Deputy Defense Minister for Industrial and Research Affairs Mohammad Eslami had announced that Tehran plans to unveil its long-range drone late in May.

"We are producing 20 types of UAVs inside the country, which are classified in the three categories of long, short and mid-range and altitude," Eslami said at the time.

He said the long-range category is known as a strategic class, and added the mid-range drones are used for reconnaissance missions, while the short-range drones are suitable for training courses and wargames.

He noted the production of the strategic class of drones, and said, "We hope to soon unveil new strategic drones which can fly up to 30,000 feet in altitude and 24 hours of nonstop flight."

He noted that the drones are used in different ranges depending on their missions, and stated, "God willing, the country's newest hi-tech, long-range drone will be unveiled on May 24."

Iran has recently made giant advancements in aerospace industries, specially in designing and manufacturing pilotless drones.

In September, Iran announced that it has started using UAVs for its air defense units as part of its broader plans for strengthening the country's air defense capability.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion of the National Day of Air Defense here in Tehran on September 3, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said Iran has equipped its air defense units with Haazem drones.

The drone can be used as a target for air defense systems and also for reconnaissance missions.

Haazem can also be equipped with missiles and used for aerial bombardments as well.

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